Tulip fields, windmills, wooden shoes and plenty of cheese. Also lots of people for its small surface area: over 17 million inhabitants on 41,528 km². Oddly enough, there are even more bikes: 20 million. The Dutch are known as open-minded, tolerant and friendly. A long tradition of trading and seafaring has made them fluent in languages.
Experts in water management What else springs to mind when you think of the Netherlands? Oh yes, it is a flat country with a lot of water and wind, bridges, dykes and polders, windmills. The Dutch are the ones who conquered land from the sea and made it their own. This centuries-long struggle with the sea has made them experts in water management.
Studying in a strong economy Being a nation of merchants and traders, the Dutch have always looked beyond their own borders and are to be found all over the world. This has led to a strong economy, now ranked the fifth most competitive economy in the world and the third economy of Europe (Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016). The Dutch are excellent hosts and we are sure you will feel very welcome with us. You might even be able to find a student job even if you do not speak Dutch.